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Radiography Assistants and Imaging Support


As a radiography assistant or imaging support worker, you will work closely with diagnostic radiographers who use imaging to work out which disease or condition is causing a patient’s illness and/or therapeutic radiographers  who use doses of x-rays and other ionising radiation to treat medical conditions, such as cancer and tumours.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • processing images
  • ordering stocks of consumable items
  • helping with procedures such as biopsies
  • making sure the working environment is clean and hygienic
  • preparing patients for treatment, including lifting patients
  • checking the equipment and report faults
  • inputting data


Radiography Assistants and Imaging Support Workers need to be very safety conscious, interested in technology, calm and reassuring, able to understand and follow instructions exactly and be physically fit as the job involves a lot of standing and lifting.

You will also need  good communication and observation skills and the ability to keep up to date and learn new skills.


There are no set entry requirements for radiography assistants and imaging support workers. Employers expect good numeracy, literacy and IT skills. They may ask for GCSEs or equivalent. Employers may ask for a healthcare qualification, such as BTEC or NVQ. If you are applying for a role in the NHS, you will be asked to show how you think the NHS values apply in your everyday work.  You will receive the training you need to work as a radiography assistant or imaging support worker. You may be able to study for the Certificate in Clinical Imaging Support (at level 2 or 3). You may also have the opportunity to do an apprenticeship.

Experience in healthcare, particularly for jobs where you have contact with patients would be an advantage.

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